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Posts from June 2019

Exterior of Stonewall Inn

By now, you’ve heard the news that WorldPride is coming to New York State (and the US) for the first time ever! It’s the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and celebrations are being held across the state. Eleven LGBTQ New Yorkers have been selected to act as New York State WorldPride 2019 Ambassadors, which you can learn more about here. We’ve asked the NYS WorldPride Ambassadors about the destinations they love, and for recommendations of what to see and do during your travels throughout New York State. [Answers are condensed and edited for clarity.] 

Ithaca Beer Company

Craft brewing is not only a huge part of New York’s history but an important part of its present as well. Brewers increasingly draw on ingredients, from hops to seasonal fruits, which showcase New York flavor and creativity. Even better, nearly every spot on this list serves delicious beer-compatible local bites to pair with a pint. Read on for 11 of the best brewery experiences across the state, and remember to stay as local as possible when traveling.

Taste of Buffalo

It’s summertime and the living is easy! At least in New York State it is, because there are so many events and fun things to do that being bored is not an option. July is a month full of amazing outdoor festivals celebrating everything from music to food, culture, horse racing, the anniversary of the moon landing, and lumberjacking! Read on for inspiration on how to live your best summer.

Interior room with bed at Mountain Horse Farm B&B and Wellness Retreat
Credit: Mountain Horse Farm

Glamping takes one of life’s simple pleasures—sleeping in the great outdoors—and elevates it with creature comforts and modern conveniences. There’s no tent to set up, no hard rocks underneath your sleeping bag, and no outhouses. New York State not only has gorgeous nature but truly charming and creative glamping options, including these seven standouts.

Coyote Moon - Photos Courtesy of Taste 1000 Islands

Updated 09/03/20

New York State has a wealth of award-winning wineries, breweries, and cideries in every corner of the state, many of which welcome children—and sometimes even well-behaved pets. Added amenities and activities for kids, caregivers, and designated drivers make it easy for everyone to have fun together. 

A view of Niagara Falls showing the white water going over a steep drop

Looking for a getaway that packs in plenty of fun and also happens to be completely wheelchair accessible? Look no further than New York State! From majestic waterfalls to captivating mansions and some of the best displays of modern art in the country, there are lots of things to see and do that are accessible to all

July 2020 Update: This blog was originally published in 2018. Due to the impact of COVID-19 on the tourism industry, some amenities may be temporarily unavailable and venues may be closed. Please check directly with individual attractions for updates before making plans. By Executive Order, all visitors over the age of two, and able to medically tolerate one, are required to wear a mask or face covering when social distancing is not possible at any location in New York State. Individual attractions may have additional safety measures and guest requirements.

Howe Caverns - Photo Courtesy of Howe Caverns

If you've been to the I LOVE NEW YORK blog recently, you know we're excited about all of the road trip opportunities in the state this summer! So far, we've given you itineraries for families who want to see ALL of the sights, families who love to be outdoors, and families who like a mix of city and nature. This next road trip is perfect for families who need a quick vacation!

Opus 40 environmental sculpture in Saugerties, New York

Summer Fridays—and weekends—are incredibly precious, and most of us wait all year for them. Need inspiration for how to get the most from your summer weekends in New York State?  Pick and choose from these destinations to plan your ideal weekend getaways, or become the ultimate New York explorer and try them all!

Dominique Ansel Bakery

Whether you prefer your donuts filled or ring-shaped, glazed or powdered, for breakfast or as a dessert, or even whether you spell them “donuts” or “doughnuts," one thing everyone can agree on is that these masterpieces of sweet fried dough are a delicious treat. We’ve rounded up some of New York State’s finest doughy delights in honor of National Donut Day on June 7.